Mayo companies pick up All Ireland Occupational Safety Awards

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

Allergan Pharmaceutical. (L to R) Pauric Corrigan (NISO president), Lorraine Rabbette (health and safety officer at Allergan Pharmaceutical), Mairead Mc Guinness (MEP), and Jimmy Fenton (NISG chairperson) at the All Ireland Occupational Safety Awards.

A number of Mayo companies picked up awards at the All Ireland Occupational Safety Awards in Mullingar recently. Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael MEP and vice president of the European Parliament, presented the awards. She said the awards mark the achievement of people who day-to-day carry out what are in many ways mundane tasks in detecting risks, training personnel, enforcing and monitoring good practices, and inculcating rather than dictating a safety ethos in the workplace.

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Cuffe’s Centra picks up Hygiene and Food Safety gong

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

Winning smiles: Martin Roper (Technical Director, EIQA), Joe Cuffe, Margaret Cuffe, Brendan Deane and Deirdre Cuffe at the Hygiene and Food Safety Awards

Cuffe’s Centra was named as a finalist for Best Convenience Store in Ireland for Hygiene and Food Safety. Cuffe’s Centra is an independent, family owned business. The store employs a dedicated, locally sourced team of 36 people which prides itself on creating a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and providing the highest quality of produce. The Black Tie event, which celebrates the highest standards of quality and excellence in Irish business, was held at The Double Tree by Hilton in Dublin and was attended by The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD and was presented by Irish opera singer and TV personality Carol Anne Lowe.

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Six Mayo winners at 2014 Gala BEST Awards

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

Tuffy’s Gala in Ballina picked up an award at the Gala Best Awards.

Coyle’s Gala Express Belmullet, Murphy’s Gala Ballina, Tuffy’s Gala Ballina, Durkan’s Gala Louisburgh and McGloin’s Gala Foxford were all rewarded the Gold Standard Award for excellence in retail standards at the 2014 Gala Annual Conference and BEST Awards, which took place this month at the Heritage Hotel, Killenard in Laois.

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Mayo companies recognised as shining lights of the Irish SME sector

Fri, Oct 10, 2014

Mayo-based companies Eachtraí Uisce Teo and Portwest were two of a number of companies acknowledged for their contribution to enterprise and innovation across the island of Ireland. They were awarded Business Ambassador status by InterTradeIreland at a special event held in the Mansion House in Dublin. The event was hosted by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation, Richard Bruton.

Portwest, based in Westport, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of stylish comfortable, high quality work wear. Based in Belmullet, Uisce specialises in the provision of water sport skills courses and Irish language courses to students in primary and post primary schools. Speaking at the event, Ciaran O’Murchú, the managing director of Uisce, said: “InterTradeIreland support for Uisce has led to significant up-skilling of staff, an increase of turnover and new jobs in our company. Being selected as an InterTradeIreland Business Ambassador is very significant for us as it is recognition and acknowledgement our commitment within Uisce to continual improvement, innovation, and growth in our sector.”

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De Búrca’s Traditional Butcher Shop makes the cut

Fri, Oct 10, 2014

De Búrca’s Traditional Butcher Shop on Main Street, Castlebar, has been announced as one of the regional finalists in the Bank of Ireland Start-up of the Year Awards 2014 in the category of Food and Drink Entrepreneurial Start-up.

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Reduced hospitality VAT rate creates Mayo jobs

Fri, Oct 10, 2014

According to a report published by the Restaurant Association of Ireland, 605 new jobs in the food, tourism, and hospitality sectors have been created in Mayo since the reduced VAT rate of nine per cent was introduced in July 2011. To highlight the scale of job creation, the report compares the number of direct new jobs to a major local employer, revealing that the 605 extra jobs created in Mayo is more than four times the number of people also employed in Mayo at Knock International Airport.

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What are Local Enterprise Offices?

Fri, Oct 03, 2014

Local Enterprise Office is the new name for the county and city enterprise boards, a new national resource, staffed with professional people with business training, to assist budding entrepreneurs and existing businesses in every county in Ireland. LEOs offer an enhanced enterprise support model with emphasis on delivery at local level. The primary objectives of the LEO are (1) To facilitate access to enterprise services, (2) To promote and support enterprise at local level, in particular for micro-enterprises.

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McDonald’s Castlebar re-launches after €350,000 refurbishment

Fri, Oct 03, 2014

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially launched McDonald’s Castlebar restaurant last weekend following its extensive €350,000 refurbishment. The 93 seater restaurant, which is situated on the Lower Western Road, employs 75 staff from the local area and is owned and operated by Rhoda and Martin Cramp. The refurbishment work was carried out entirely by local tradespeople, including builders, plumbers, painters, and air conditioning technicians from the Castlebar area.

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Crafty Kiltimagh butcher wins best bangers crown

Fri, Oct 03, 2014

TOP TEAM: The team from Shannons Butchers in Kiltimagh celebrate their national 'Sausage of the Year' win. Photographed in the shop on Aiden Street are Nicola Fahey, who has worked at the shop since 2008, and John and Marion Shannon. Photo: Mike Roache.

A small butcher shop in Kiltimagh is on the pig’s back after winning a top national award for its homemade, spicy, Italian sausages.

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Mayo bloggers finalists in Blog Awards

Fri, Sep 26, 2014

Five bloggers from Mayo have reached the final stages of the Blog Awards Ireland 2014. Organisers Lorna Sixsmith and Amanda Webb have described the standard of blogs in this year’s shortlist as ‘extremely high’ with the scoring among the finalists as extremely close.

The winners of each of the 32 categories will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Westgrove Hotel in Clane on Saturday October 4.

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Claremorris Open Exhibition up and running

Fri, Sep 26, 2014

The Claremorris Open Exhibition 2014 has been launched and continues until October 4.

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